Many of us are feeling the impact of the current economic climate, and for some this impact is even greater. In 2010, the unemployment rate for newcomers to Canada living in Toronto was more than double the rate for Canadian born residents. NYCH is committed to helping new Canadians, youth and others build the skills and connect them to the resources they need to succeed in the workplace.
It’s not just about getting a job – it’s about getting the right job and building the experience to create long-term success. Our professional mentorship and peer leadership opportunities connect people with a wide network of community support. Our participants learn facilitation and outreach skills from peers who have completed the same training. They learn about employment readiness (understanding the Canadian work environment) and connecting to those who have already succeeded to give them the best chance of meeting their employment goals.
NYCH also links new Canadians and long-time residents wherever possible. In this way, newcomers feel less isolated by connecting with those who share similar experiences and backgrounds, and also gain enormous benefit in learning from others who are very different and have new skills to offer. At the same time, long-time residents are able to contribute their knowledge and experience, and gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by immigrants to Canada.